Archive for April 2004

Our very own Larry Mahnken has an article in the Providence Journal‘s 2004 season preview. Larry, naturally, discusses the Yankees and, naturally, does a damn fine job. Click here to read it (registration required). The article is available in the actual newspaper too!

Incredibly, the Mets found a taker for Roger Cedeno: the St. Louis Cardinals, who traded Chris Widger and Wilson Delgado for him. The Cardinals were short on outfielders, with only Jim Edmonds, Reggie Sanders and So Taguchi on their roster, and the Cards didn’t want to be forced to move Albert Pujols back to the […]

No huge news today, but a few interesting things… The Dodgers added yet another outfielder yesterday, getting Cody Ross from the Tigers for pitcher Steve Colyer and a PTBNL. Assuming the PTBNL is nothing special, I like this deal for LA. Ross is potentially a solid everyday corner outfielder, and he’s very close to being […]

Two important events in baseball were rolled out today: David Pinto’s Baseball Musings has uncovered some real dirt, and Bud Selig has started his own blog. See these today! They may not last for long.

Reader Jim Gaither just sent a link to this article in Monday’s Atlanta Journal-Constitution. From the article: Smoltz will sit down with Braves manager Bobby Cox and pitching coach Leo Mazzone this week and discuss the season. He wants to pitch on a more structured schedule, although that could mean pitching in some one-sided games […]

Not a great day for Boston fans, I suppose. The Yankees destroyed Tampa Bay 12-1. Nomar is said to be out for several weeks, while Trot Nixon is already out for at least that long. Pedro is reportedly topping out at 90. It’s a good thing Red Sox fans are generally optimistic and not prone […]

The Three Amigos (Billy, Paul, and J.P. — sounds like a pop group) are on a roll. Earlier I mentioned today’s trade that sent Jayson Werth from Toronto to L.A. in exchange for Jason Frasor. What I overlooked was yesterday’s deal: Jason Grabowski from the A’s to the Dodgers for “cash considerations.” This is the […]

A few weeks ago, Billy Beane and the A’s sold minor league veteran Jose Flores to Paul DePodesta and the Dodgers. The deal was of note not because of the player involved, but because of what the transaction symbolized — Billy and J.P. have a new member of their little club. The dealings between the […]

Tampa Bay apparently didn’t get the message that the Yankees are supposed to be unbeatable this year. The Devil Rays pounded out 16 hits to rough up the Yankees, 8-3, and earn the best record in baseball for at least one day. Tino Martinez came back to haunt his old team, going 3-for-3 with his […]

Today’s game was Mike Mussina’s third regular-season start since picking up career win number 199, and he’ll need to wait at least one more start before he gets number 200. The Yankees gave Mussina a 3-2 lead going into the bottom of the sixth inning, but then he fell apart completely. Jose Cruz Jr. opened […]

Well, the season’s less than half an hour old, and we’ve already got a few firsts of the year. The first hit of the season fittingly belongs to Hideki Matsui, a double up the right-center gap. The first strikeout victim of the year was Alex Rodriguez, on a 2-2 pitch in an at-bat where he […]

The 2004 season is officially underway. Victor Zambrano’s first pitch to Derek Jeter is a called strike on the outside corner. It’s 5 a.m. and I’m not even tired. There’s not much better than the first game of the season.

The THT writers have been discussing award predictions for 2004 recently, and Matthew Namee noted that one of our consensus picks was at risk: “The latest word on Prior is that he could be out for a month, which would just about kill his Cy Young chances.” It’s a good thing Matthew used the qualifier […]

In its preseason preview today, the Chicago Tribune focused on managers, calling this the “Golden Age of Managing” (registration is free). I don’t mean to quibble, but this article bugs me for a couple of reasons. One, the late 1800’s and early 1900’s were truly the Golden Age of Managing. In those days, there were […]

Mike Webber pointed out this hilarious blurb from the Expos comments in the March 22 edition of The Sporting News: 3B Tony Batista hits popcorn kernels every day to help him focus at the plate. A teammate soft-tosses the kernels from the side. Batista has been doing this for more than a year. Hitting coach […]

The Mets and White Sox traded a couple of players yesterday. Timo Perez, who no longer fit on the Mets’ roster was dealt for Matt Ginter, who’s been on and off the ChiSox’s roster over the past few years. Perez was always an enigma to Mets’ fans. He certainly looked like a ballplayer, and he […]

As I’ve mentioned here before, I grew up in Wichita, Kansas, and have always been a die-hard Wichita State Shockers fan. My all-time favorite sports team, though, is the Dodgers. So you can imagine my excitement when my beloved Dodgers picked WSU superstar Darren Dreifort #2 overall in the 1993 draft. Of course, since then […]

The Yankees and Devil Rays will open the season in Japan in a few days, but that’s not all… Jason Stark explains: Both played games Thursday in Florida. They don’t play again until Sunday, when both play exhibition games in Japan. Then they play exhibitions Sunday and Monday against Japanese teams, play games that count […]

If you’ve ever wanted to become an instant expert on the Toronto Blue Jays, now’s your chance. Kent Williams has just completed a massive three-part magnum opus on the 2004 Jays on Batter’s Box. Check out Part One, Part Two, and Part Three. There are entire $30 baseball books out there with less content (and […]

This is really exciting to me. Andy Clark has developed a graph, based on some original work by Colby Cash, that displays the basic pitching prowess of all qualified major league pitchers (strikeout, walk and home run rates). You can look up all qualified pitchers in the history of a franchise, or all qualified pitchers […]